Alex Rowley

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Alex Rowley
Alex Rowley in the Scottish Parliament 2016.jpg
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Assumed office
15 August 2015
Leader Kezia Dugdale
Preceded by Kezia Dugdale
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Cowdenbeath
In office
23 January 2014 – 23 March 2016
Preceded by Helen Eadie
Succeeded by Annabelle Ewing
Personal details
Born 30 November 1963
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour
Residence Kelty, Fife, Scotland
Alma mater Nottingham Trent University
Religion Roman Catholic

Alexander Andrew Penman Rowley (born 1963) is the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party since 15 August 2015 and an additional member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife. First elected at the Cowdenbeath by-election in January 2014 for the Cowdenbeath constituency, he lost the seat to Annabelle Ewing of the SNP in the Scottish Parliament election, 2016 but was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament as an additional member for Mid Scotland and Fife.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty, he was educated at St Columba's High School (Dunfermline), Newbattle Abbey College (Dalkeith), and Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in community education.[1]

Political career[edit]

Rowley was General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party from May 1998 to May 1999. He was first elected to Fife Regional Council in 1990 when he was Chairman of Finance, and he later became the first leader of the new Fife Council, a position he returned to in 2012 until his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2014.[citation needed]

Prior to his election as an MSP he was a Fife councillor (re-elected in 2007) and Labour Council Group Leader.[2] He has three grown up children and one granddaughter. He worked as an education official with the TUC and worked for five years as an assistant, election agent and constituency manager to Gordon Brown. He was considered Gordon Brown's right-hand man and protégé.[3][4] He stood in the 2011 Scottish election as a Labour candidate for Dunfermline. He declared his candidacy for the Scottish Labour Party's 2015 deputy leadership election, and was elected on 15 August 2015.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "BMMS May 1999". Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Labour denies London control claim". 
  3. ^ "Home of the Daily and Sunday Express". 1 May 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Jack O'Sullivan Scotland Correspondent (21 May 1999). "Parliament: Scotland: Labour sacks Scots party chief". London, UK: The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 

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